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Friday, April 4, 2014

Son of God Movie Premiere

There has been a lot of buzz about the Son of God movie and guess what Liberty did for the students? They bought out the entire River Ridge Movie Theater for students to see the midnight premiere of the Son of God movie. In the week before the premiere Liberty was handing out tickets to students and some of my friends and I were fortunate enough to score some tickets!

Waiting to get in to the theater and Johnnie Moore was saying hi to students

The movie was so well done and it was very touching to see a movie about Jesus’ life make it on the big screen. A few weeks before the premiere, Liberty students had the chance to hear from producers, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey in convocation. They spoke to students about how they integrate their faith into producing movies and television shows. They encouraged us to go out and see the movie but little did we know, Liberty was going to provide us the opportunity to see it anyways!


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Friday, February 21, 2014

The Semester of Firsts

By the last semester of your senior year, you would think that there wouldn’t be many new experiences left. However, this semester I have been pleasantly surprised with how many things I have been able to experience for the first time! In my first semesters at Liberty there were so many events happening on campus that I never took the time to venture into Lynchburg and surrounding cities to experience all that they have to offer.

A few weekends back my friend invited a bunch of people over to his brother’s farm in Lynchburg. I was so excited because if you haven’t already noticed, I’m not exactly a country farm girl. The two firsts that I got to experience there were, I shot my first gun and I rode a real donkey!! I was really excited to learn to shoot a gun from friends who are very big into gun safety and I felt very comfortable and not afraid at all. I think I was more afraid to get on the donkey than to shoot a gun! I was pretty proud of myself though because people who have been shooting guns their whole life said I did really well for my first time ever shooting (see photo below). The donkey was pretty stubborn and didn’t like to walk very far but it was still really fun!

The next new experience I got to have was to go to the professional rough stock series in Roanoke! I had absolutely no idea what to expect but I had a blast. They had Bareback Riding, Bull Riding and Saddle Bronc Riding. I think my favorite was actually the Bull Riding because afterwards the Bulls went crazy chasing the clowns around! I was definitely on edge watching though and held my breath every time a cowboy would be thrown off. I think I’ll stick to riding donkeys!

The last thing I got to do was go to the open skate at LaHaye Ice Center. This was so much fun since I love ice skating (see my very first blog!). This was the first time I got to try hockey skates and at first I almost fell flat on my face but after a little while I got the hang of it and had fun!



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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Last Semester...

It seems like just yesterday I was writing about my first day of senior year and I blinked and week two of classes is coming to an end. So, I’ve officially had my last first day of classes and in some ways I’m excited but in a lot of ways I’m sad. I’m sad to be done with the first week of classes because that’s the best week of the semester. Everything is new and exciting and you feel like you can conquer the semester and get straight A’s. Then as the next weeks progress you begin to realize the amount of work you will actually have to put in to get those grades you want. It’s a daunting task but at the end of the semester when you see your hard work pay off, it’s all worth it.

Christmas break was really nice to just get away and read books that I chose myself. I managed to read 4 non-school related books over the break and it was such a nice treat to relax and read. I had lots of fun with my family too! We did all of our Christmas traditions as a family and had lots of time together. It was definitely a reality check that this was most likely my last big chunk of time being home in Sweden but I’m definitely excited for what kind of job the future holds for me.

Our family photo (God Jul is Merry Christmas in Swedish)

It’s so fun being back and a big part of that is getting to attend sporting and campus events again. The first weekend back we had a big basketball game against High Point University and it was a whiteout! I’ve never seen so many people attend a basketball game. In the last 2 minutes, Liberty was only trailing by 2 points but we just couldn’t catch up and win.

At the basketball game the Vines was packed! 

I’m so excited to see where the future takes me and I’m excited to share with you all my last semester at Liberty. I’m definitely going to miss blogging for Liberty after almost 3 years! 

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Last Christmas at Liberty...

This semester (as I have already said) has been filled with many “lasts.” Since Liberty does Christmas BIG I have had quite a few “lasts” in the past few weeks. So I decided to combine them all into one blog big of all the different things I’ve experienced the past few weeks.

1. Thanksgiving Break. When people think about Thanksgiving they think, being with the family all bundled up in cold weather. Well this year I didn’t get any of that because I used my frequent flyer miles to go visit my best friend in Southern California. So my Thanksgiving was filled with sunshine and celebrating the holiday with new and old friends

La Jolla cove near San Diego! 

Laguna Beach, Ca (my favorite picture I took there!)

2. Tree Lighting. A new tradition at Liberty that started since I came here is the tree lighting ceremony in front of DeMoss Hall. Becki Falwell (President Falwell’s wife) loves Christmas so this was her little project to make Liberty seem more like home for the Holidays. There was a huge crowd who came out and it was fun to take time away from school to enjoy this fun activity.


4. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. What’s the Christmas season without ugly sweaters! This semester quite a lot of my friends are graduating so we had a fun Christmas party the night before reading day. Who doesn’t love good food and good fellowship before finals kick in.

These girls are so great!! 

3. Christmas Convocation. This is probably one of the hardest events to describe through writing. Christmas Convocation is filled with singing Christmas songs and making fun of all the silly things Liberty students do (and also the faculty). Campus band always has a funny video and students are always laughing hysterically. So if you want to know what this is all about, I guess you’ll just have to become a Liberty student (a.k.a the most awesome students).

Students had glow sticks and used their iPhone flashlights to light up the Vines Center! 

4. Christmas Coffeehouse. This year I was one of the unfortunate students who completely forgot to get a ticket and the event sold out 3 days beforehand. So I shamelessly put up on a “free and for sale” Facebook page that I was looking for a ticket. Within an hour I had a student comment saying he had a ticket. I then messaged him asking how much he wanted for the $3 ticket thinking he was going to say $10+. He then responded…FREE because he wanted to spread Christmas cheer to students like myself who were not so smart. So thank you William Nott for blessing me this Christmas season!! Oh and check out this Hilarious video from Coffeehouse!


5. Fall Semester Finals. Now this is probably my favorite last, why you ask? Because that means I only have one more semester and one more finals week left in my college career. This was probably my hardest finals week because it meant the difference in a letter grade in most of my classes.

Overall this semester has had its ups and downs. I’ve had moments where I’ve been extremely happy and then there have been moments of just wanting to be done with school. I am so thankful though to be at a place where no matter what my circumstances, I am pointed to Christ and I’m always growing in every season. I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and you get to celebrate the true meaning for the season. I’ll be back in January for my LAST semester at Liberty, so incredibly bittersweet. 


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Financial Literacy Course

One of the most important questions to ask when going to college is: How am I going to pay for this? The majority of college students nowadays are taking out student loans which means that when we graduate we have to begin to pay it off. As I’ve mentioned before, I was originally planning on going to a big state school before God changed my plans and brought me to Liberty. When I received my financial aid package from Liberty, it was close to $10,000 cheaper/year for me to attend Liberty. However I will be honest, I do have some student loans I will need to pay off when I graduate. So I’m sure you’re think, Lizzy this is boring, why are you telling us this?! Well keep reading to find out…

As my last semester is approaching and I’m going to begin to pay off my student loans (as quickly as possible!) I wanted to get some help with how to do that.  The answer was put right in front of me in last week. Liberty offers a free course called Financial Literacy based off of The Lampo Group (founded by Dave Ramsey).  This course will teach all about how to live within one's means, budgeting, and working to achieve financial stability. Not many other schools would be this invested in student’s futures to offer this kind of a course but I am so thankful that Liberty cares! 

Two of the best convocations I've heard occurred in the past week and that was with Dave Ramsey and then his daughter Rachel Cruze. They both gave such great talks about money and Rachel gave such practical advice to students about managing their finances. If I could leave one thing with you that she told us that is to search for scholarships!! Yes it takes time but it will save you so much money if you are awarded one! Check out the videos below for their convocation talks! 




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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Homecoming 2013

This past weekend was one of the best and busiest weekends I’ve had in a long time (very different from last weekend)! A bunch of my friends who graduated in May were back for their first homecoming since graduation. Since it was only for the weekend, we tried to pack way too much into two days. For any alumni out there, here’s a quick recap of just a few things you could be a part of next year!

We started Friday off by heading to convocation where we got to hear from Liberty’s new softball coach, Dot Richardson. Talk about one outstanding woman who loves the Lord and has been given so many talents.

That evening we headed to the Liberty vs. Davenport Hockey game with a group of our friends. That was definitely one of the most intense games I’ve seen at Liberty and we all had a fun time catching up on life (usually what girls do at sporting events, lets be honest). After the game we stopped by for the end of the homecoming bonfire and drank hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. We headed to bed early that night because we had a early morning ahead of us!

Group shot at the Hockey Game! 

Huge bonfire! 

Remember a few weeks back when I said that as long as I was healthy I would be running in the Deep Hollow 5k. Well, I was healthy so therefore I ran! A group of 11 of us girls decided to run this together and we had a blast. It was straight up hill the first 1.5 mile and then straight downhill the second half. My official time was 35:39 and I was extremely happy with that time since it was my very first 5k race! Not sure if I’ll ever run a trail race again but I’m definitely going to keep training because I have a new found passion for running!

We all finished the race!! 

We all quickly went home and got ready for the big rivalry football game against Coastal Carolina. Last season, several of my friends and I would go to the game about 2 hours early to get good seats and we continued the tradition this year. It was great to be right up with the action again. Unfortunately we lost the game in double overtime but we had a great time being together cheering on the Flames!


Transformation time!! The picture on the left was taken a year ago at the Liberty vs. Wake Forest game and we just happened to take the same one on Saturday! 

Packed stadium for the game

Last picture as a group before we parted ways... 

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Lazy Weekend...

The Lazy Weekend…

Every once and a while God will bless (yes I said bless) us with a rainy weekend. Now to some this might sound like the worst thing possible but for me it meant, CHILL weekend. I’m not very good at taking it easy because I never want to miss out on the hustle and bustle of college life.

So here’e your play-by-play of my super exciting (not) weekend. On Friday night I went to the hockey game with friends, which was a blast. Even though we didn’t win it was great to be back in the hockey atmosphere! Afterwards we headed over to the Jacuzzi’s at the aquatic center to relax and then I went to bed early (very much needed long night of sleep). On Saturday I got a good workout in and then treated myself to a much needed relaxing pedicure. On Sunday I went to church, came back and took a 3-hour nap, I wasn’t lying when I said I had a lazy weekend. So there’s a snapshot of a very low-key but oh so enjoyable weekend here at Liberty!

Great shot from the Hockey game! 

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Happy, Happy, Happy

Throughout the 3+ years I’ve spent at Liberty, we’ve had some big name speakers in Convocation. We’ve had huge names like Donald Trump, Tim Tebow, Kirk & Candace Cameron, John Piper, Mike Huckabee and the list goes on. This past week Liberty added to the list of incredible speakers by bringing in Duck Dynasty star, Willie Robertson. The line outside of the Vines center at 9am (1 hour before Convo even started) was so long! 

Outside of Vines before Convocation 

Inside Vines during Convocation

This past summer my family watched all of the seasons of Duck Dynasty and I’ve never seen my dad laugh this hard in his entire life. I love that this family has created one of the leading reality shows, simply by sharing about their love for Jesus, their family and duck calls.

Willie speaking in Convocation

 Willie had one of the best Convocation messages I’ve heard because of how real he was with students. The Robertson family is not ashamed of sharing their story and where they came from. It’s amazing to see a family stick to their values even when they became very famous. I only wish Willie would have brought Uncle Si with him to Liberty! 

Photo with my friends before Convo, so packed already! 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

We are Unstoppable

If you haven’t already realized, when Liberty does something, our motto is “Go big or Go home.” After being at Liberty University for a few years it’s definitely true. Whether it’s building 20 new buildings at one time, bringing in top speakers, or putting the letters LU on the side of the mountain… We go all out! This past year Liberty partnered with Kirk Cameron and released the movie Unstoppable. One of the perks of being a Liberty student is that we got to go to the movie premiere in the Vines center for FREE (no big deal)!

Here’s the movie trailer explaining why Kirk Cameron had the idea to create this movie:


After seeing this movie now, I definitely recomened it for not only people going through huge storms in their loves but to anyone. At one point or another in a person’s life we will ask “why God?” and Kirk Cameron does a great job at talking about this issue. The movie was shown in over 700 theaters in the country and due to the popularity is being shown again on October 3rd! I would recommend that you head out and see it! Don’t forget to bring a pack of tissues… 

With my roommates and the FREE popcorn they gave us! 
Short video of where I was sitting at the Premiere 
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Monkee Joes

I’m pretty sure I have found the best ice cream within a 40-mile radius of Lynchburg! This ice cream place is called Monkee Joes. I was a little hesitant to tell everyone about it on the blog but I will not be selfish because it’s too good not to share! My favorite flavor of their ice cream is the mint chocolate chip but a lot of people really like the cappuccino crunch! The best thing about the Lynchburg area is all of the hidden gems and I definitely just let you in on one of the best-kept secrets! Here are some fun pictures from when I went there last week with friends! 

Basically the best quote...

You have to hug the monkey!! 

My ice cream matched my dress! 

What's more beautiful than ice cream and watching the sunset over the mountains?

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